Elijah of Buxton

by Christopher Paul Curtis (Scholastic)

The book cover of "Elijah of Buxton" by Christopher Paul Curtis features Elijah's head, with a wooded landscape behind him. The Newbery Honor seal has been affixed to the upper right corner.


In Elijah of Buxton, Elijah is the first free-born child in Buxton, a Canadian community of escaped slaves, in 1860. With masterful storytelling, vibrant humor, and poignant insight into the realities of slavery and the meaning of freedom, Curtis takes readers on a journey that transforms a “fragile” 11-year-old boy into a courageous hero.

Awards Won

Title Year
image of the John Newbery medal John Newbery Medal
The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
2008 - Honor(s)